I wanted to do this comparison last week, but my GF beat me to it with her own comparison of the 2 cameras in her blog. You can read all about it here: http://kitten-insideacatsmind.blogspot.com/2010/12/tech-talk-samsung-es30-vs-nikon-l21.html
Now as for me, here’s my own set of comparison shots:
The settings used for the Samsung ES30 would be default Smart Auto, while the settings used for the Nikon Coolpix L21 was the “Food photography” setting and not the default “Easy Auto” mode.
As you may see with the pictures, Samsung’s picture quality is noticeably much darker than Nikon’s and does a poor job in illuminating the subjects when using Smart Auto. However, it does a sport a much wider-angle shot compared to the Nikon Coolpix as shown in the picture of the room as well as giving the room a much better contrast and not too bright compared to the Nikon Coolpix. Sadly, Samsung’s photos at times doesn’t come as sharp as Nikon’s which would come to no surprise since Nikon is well-known for taking very sharp and crisp photos.
Currently I’m figuring out how to adjust the settings if ever, so next time I do another comparison with the Nikon Coolpix L21, it would be on even terms. Till next time!!
PS: Bonus shots from my Samsung ES30, now using “Program mode” which essentially gives you a lot of options to tweak your settings before taking a shot. XD